American Veterans through Two Centuries

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This image portrays veterans of the Revolutionary War, World War I, and the Vietnam War.
American Veterans through Two Centuries
A Panel Discussion
November 11, 2019

For Veterans Day 2019, the Institute presented an examination of the experiences of American veterans from the Revolutionary generation to our own time. Held in conjunction with our exhibition America’s First Veterans, the program opened with remarks from Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Executive Director Jack Warren.

Video courtesy of C-SPAN’s American History TV


About the Panelists

Brian Matthew Jordan is an assistant professor of history and director of graduate studies in history at Sam Houston State University. A cultural historian of the nation’s fratricidal conflict, he is interested in the human longitude of the Civil War battles and the problem of memory. Dr. Jordan is the author of Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War and co-editor of The War Went On: Reconsidering the Lives of Civil War Veterans.

Stephen R. Ortiz is an associate professor of history at Binghamton University (SUNY). His research interests cover the political, military, diplomatic and gender history of the twentieth-century United States. Dr. Ortiz is the author of Beyond the Bonus March and GI Bill: How Veteran Politics Shaped the New Deal Era and the editor of Veterans’ Policies, Veterans’ Politics: New Perspectives on Veterans in the Modern United States.

Miranda Summers Lowe is a curator in the Division of Political and Military History at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Her research specialties include the National Guard and reserve forces history, women’s military history and the G.I. Bill. She has served in the Army National Guard since 2002, including deployments to Iraq and the Horn of Africa.